March 14, 2019

Nappier Tabbed Mike Richter Award Semifinalist


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Tommy Nappier, a sophomore on the No. 6-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team, has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the Mike Richter Award, the organization announced Thursday. The list will be narrowed to five finalists March 28, with the winner presented April 12 at the Frozen Four in Buffalo.

Nappier, a St. Louis native, is second nationally in save percentage (.937) this year, ranking fourth in goals-against average (1.78), and standing third in winning percentage (.794; 12-2-3), notching four shutouts. In Big Ten games, Nappier had a conference best 1.82 goals-against average and .936 save percentage, leading the league in winning percentage (.750; 8-2-2). In conference games, his goals-against average is the second-lowest in Big Ten history, with his save percentage ranking fourth all-time.

Earlier this week, Nappier was named one of three finalists for the Big Ten Goaltender of the Year Award, He was on the 2018 Big Ten All-Freshman Team.

In his Buckeye career, Nappier is 16-2-3, posting a 1.69 goals-against average and .941 save percentage with five shutouts.

Nappier is the second Buckeye to be named a Richter Award semifinalist, joining senior Sean Romeo who was recognized last season.

The Buckeyes return to action Sunday when they host Penn State in a Big Ten Tournament semifinal game at 3:30 p.m. in Value City Arena. Should No. 1 seed Ohio State defeat No. 4 Penn State, it will host the Big Ten Tournament championship game at noon March 24 in Value City Arena.